Anything is possible <> tout est possible

It’s written all over our beautiful city of Toronto. The first time I spotted the French words inscribed somewhere was on a trail next Alexander Muir Memorial Park (author of The Maple Leaf Forever). When I saw it last year, it caught my eye more than any other graffiti because it was out of place, ...

Financial services + social media

Hootsuite hosted an online session last week called Investing in Social: Wealth Management in the Social Era #finserve with Ben Cathers @bencathers from Hootsuite and Courtney Fischbach from global investment company @LeggMason. The highlights included the challenges unique to financial services, a couple key social media stats for all businesses and a few more specific ...

Canadian social media policies, strategies + fears

When I was doing my graduate studies, one thing I found discouraging was the lack of Canadian-specific research about PR/communications. In the past few years, we’ve seen a number of efforts to rectify that, including the industry funded Communications + Public Relations Foundation yearly research project.* A project funded out of Mount Saint Vincent University, led ...

Medical marijuana PR

Over the last while, since the Canadian “courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician,” I’ve had a number of conversations with colleagues about communications surrounding the medical marijuana industry. What has come to my mind is the 1936 film Reefer Madness, described on IMDB as Cautionary tale features a ...

Natural Cuba: 4 spots in Pinar del Río

It was T.J. English’s appearance on the Daily Show in 2008 that got me to read Havana Nocturne – How the Mob Owned Cuba then Lost it to the Revolution. The history – involving JFK, Frank Sinatra and guys like Meyer Lansky – was fascinating. Ever since then I’ve wanted to visit Havana. And so it happened a few ...

#DigitalEDU starts again 1

One of the most exciting parts about the Foundations class in our #digitaledu program is what we all learn by seeing individuals either start their digital presence from scratch or figure out how they can build on an already established presence.  My favourite part is learning about people both through the in-class discussion, but also on ...

The best time to be alive

Yesterday, as President Barack Obama opened his United Nations address, he mentioned that despite the headlines, this time in history is actually the best time ever to be born. “For you are more likely than ever before to be literate, to be healthy, to be free to pursue your dreams.” Barack Obama This time has ...

Accomplishment never equals worth

No matter how good your day is going, when you unexpectedly hear in detail how someone tried to kill him or herself, it shifts the focus of your day. Today I heard a woman who was an extremely well-accomplished U.S. Marine and Navy officer speaking about her life. In her 27 years she invented and ...

Relationship vs task-oriented

This morning I was listening to someone talk about how in our personal lives some of us tend to be more relationship-focused, whereas others more task-focused. It’s a spectrum on which you can fall in different spots based on what’s going on in your life (like trying to tie-up loose ends before vacation or when ...

Patience isn’t what it used to be

In a piece for Harvard Magazine, Jennifer Roberts talks about the patience she tries to instil in her art students by making them observe a piece of art for three hours. The idea being that you’ll notice things that you wouldn’t have noticed had you not sat there and actually observed as opposed to just looked.  ...